C’s Recap – Nunez No-Hits Spokane But Suffers Tough Loss

 

Vancouver Canadians Juan NunezJuan Nunez kept Spokane off the board for his first four innings of relief Thursday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians were poised for a ninth win against Spokane in 10 games this season but suffered a walk-off 4-3 loss instead to the Indians at Avista Stadium Thursday night.

After a scoreless top of the first, Travis Bergen made his 2017 C’s debut and it did not go the way that he wanted. He walked Miguel Aparicio to start the game and served up a single to Chris Seise. Bergen would get Tyler Ratliff to strike out looking but Clayton Middleton doubled to right to score Aparicio. Melvin Novoa was Bergen’s next strikeout victim and the lefty escaped stranded Seise at third and an Austin O’Banion walk when Curtis Terry lined out to center.

Riley Adams collected the C’s first hit with a leadoff single against Hever Bueno in the second. Adams would head back to the dugout after being forced out on a Brock Lundquist fielder’s choice. Cameron O’Brien got on base with a two-out walk but Bueno struck out Bryan Lizardo to leave two men aboard.

The good news for Bergen was he struck out his third batter of the evening in Nick Kaye but the bad news was he would not get the third out of the second inning. Kole Enright hit a leadoff double and Aparicio heard ball four from the umpire for the second straight at-bat after the Kaye strikeout. Seise would fly out to right before Ratliff punched a two-run double to left to give Spokane a 3-0 lead. Bergen got the hook for Chris Hall who got the third out on a Middleton grounder to first.

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Deiferson Barreto had the only multi-hit effort for Vancouver in Spokane.


Deiferson Barreto had the C’s first extra-base with a double to begin the third and he would come across with the first run when Seise threw away a ground ball at short from Reggie Pruitt. The C’s would get a second hit in the inning on a single by Kacy Clemens but Adams would line into an inning-ending double play at second.

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Chris Hall held down the fort with 1-1/3 scoreless innings of relief.


Hall came back out for the bottom of the third and plunked Terry with a pitch. Terry would steal second but Enright flied out to end the frame.

After Vancouver went away quietly in the top of the fourth, Juan Nunez relieved Hall and set down Spokane in order, starting his outing with a strikeout of Kaye. He would have another perfect frame in the sixth, getting Terry on strikes for his second strikeout.

In between Nunez’s The C’s drew closer in the fifth when Pruitt—who forced out Barreto after his leadoff single—would get to second on a Norberto Obeso before coming around on two passed balls by Middleton. Clemens would get on base with a walk but Adams lined out to right for out number three.

Middleton drew a one-out walk against Nunez but his night got worse when he was doubled off after Novoa lined out to Barreto at short to conclude the bottom of the fifth.

In between Nunez’s two innings, Vancouver took advantage of some sloppy defence by Spokane to tie the game in the sixth. Lundquist reached on a fielding miscue by Terry to start the frame. After Samad Taylor singled Lundquist to second, Bueno was relieved by Joe Barlow. He got O’Brien to ground into a fielder’s choice to force out Taylor but Lizardo singled up the gut to plate Lundquist with the tying run. Barlow would strand a couple of runners by catching a popup in foul territory from Barreto before striking out Pruitt.

The C’s would strand two more runners in the seventh after Obeso and Clemens drew a couple of walks. Nunez continued to roll along in the home half of the seventh with another clean frame, striking out Aparicio and Seise for the last two outs.

Spokane would set down the C’s in order in the eighth and finally got their first baserunner against Nunez when Ratliff took one for the team. Ratliff would be picked off at first by Adams from behind the plate to keep Nunez from having to go over the minimum number of batters in his four innings.

The C’s looked poised to break Spokane’s hearts in the ninth when Pruitt lined a single to center and wound up at third on a two-base error by Lucas Jacobsen when he tried to get Pruitt at second on an Obeso groundball. Clemens then drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out, joining Pruitt and pinch-runner Brandon Polizzi. Jacobsen bent but he did not break as he broke the C’s spirits with strikeouts of Adams and Lundquist before getting Taylor to pop out to second.

Nunez came back out for the ninth and committed the cardinal sin of walking the leadoff hitter in O’Banion. He struck out Terry but issued another free pass to Enright to move O’Banion to scoring position. Matt Whatley pinch-hit for Kaye but went down swinging for the second out. That was it for Nunez as manager Rich Miller elected to go Jake Fishman in a lefty-on-lefty matchup against Aparicio and it lasted all of one pitch as the Spokane leadoff man singled to center to score O’Banion for the walk-off win.

C-Notes

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Kacy Clemens was on base three times in Spokane Thursday night.


C's NotesBarreto supplied two of Vancouver’s eight hits out of the number nine spot of the order from the shortstop position as Logan Warmoth got the night off. Clemens was on base three times with a hit and a walk while Obeso and Adams both had a base knock and a base on balls. Despite eight hits and five walks, the C’s were a dismal 1-for-12 with a baker’s dozen left on base.

Bergen struck out three but four hits and three walks led to three runs over 1-2/3 innings. Hall dropped his earned run average to 1.53 with 1-1/3 scoreless frames. Nunez took the hard-luck loss to drop to 2-7 as he pitched 5-2/3 hitless innings with a 6-3 K/BB total.


2014 Canadians lefthander Tim Mayza contributed two-thirds of a scoreless inning by striking out Wilson Ramos and Corey Dickson in Thursday’s 5-3 win over Tampa Bay. Mayza clocked in from 86-95 MPH relying on a fastball and a slider.

The New Hampshire Union Leader has a story on 2014-2015 C’s lefty Ryan Borucki.

The Herald-News out of Joliet, Illinios has a feature on 2015 righty Josh DeGraaf.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians are back at it again Friday evening for a 6:30 pm first pitch from Avista Stadium. The game will be carried by CanadiansBaseball.com.

The C’s still remain in first place in the North Division in the second half at 13-9 but are only one game ahead of 12-10 Everett, Spokane and Tri-City.

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C’s Recap – Pruitt Able To Do It Against Spokane

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Reggie Pruitt hit his second home run of the year in Spokane Wednesday evening.


C's Recap

The Vancouver Canadians continue to roll as they ran their winning streak to five in a row with a 6-2 victory over the Spokane Indians at Avista Stadium Wednesday night. The win also moves Vancouver into sole possession of first place in the North Division as Tri-City fell to Everett Wednesday. The victory also marked Vancouver’s eighth win against Spokane in nine tries this season.

Reggie Pruitt tried to make things happen to start the game as he got aboard on an infield single to third off Tai Teidemann but he was thrown out trying to steal second by catcher Matt Whatley and that was all for Vancouver in that inning.

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Zach Logue (far right) limited Spokane to one run over his three-inning start.


Spokane’s leadoff man also reached base when Logan Warmoth committed an error at short to allow Miguel Aparicio to get to first. Zach Logue managed to get a double play ball from Chris Seise in the from of a 6-4-3 twin-killing to put a damper on that rally.

Samad Taylor had Vancouver’s first hit with an infield single to short and that two-out hit was followed by another base knock from Brock Lundquist. Teidemann would strand those runners with an inning-ending strikeout of Bryan Lizardo.

A leadoff walk to Whatley started the home half of the second but Logue got the next three hitters in a row that began with a strikeout to Clayton Middleton to mitigate the damage.

Spokane got to Logue with a pair of singles from Kole Enright and Cristian Inoa and they were moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Aparicio. Seise would line a single to right to score Enright to give the Indians a 1-0 lead but Seise was tagged out on a 9-3-4-6 putout. Logue then got Tyler Ratliff to ground out and strand Inoa at third.

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Samad Taylor was 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Spokane Wednesday.


The C’s took Logue off the hook when they tied the game in the top of the fourth. Riley Adams drew a one-out walk before rumbling all the way home on a two-out double by Samad Taylor to center field.

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Justin Dillon would earn the victory by striking out three over two shutout innings.


Justin Dillon relieved Logue in the fourth and despite a Seise leadoff single and a wild pitch, Dillon kept Seise from getting any further with inning-ending strikeouts of Whatley and Middleton.

The C’s would stage a two-out rally to grab their first lead of the game. Pruitt would put the ball over the right field fence for his first over-the-wall dinger of his professional career to tie the game at 1-1. Obeso and Warmoth followed with singles before Adams brought them home with a single and a missed catch error by Whatley at the plate to put Vancouver ahead 3-1.

Spokane got their leadoff man aboard again against Dillon in the fifth on a double by Austin O’Banion.  A fly ball to center from Enright allowed O’Banion to tag up and move to third before coming home on an Inoa RBI groundout to short. Dillon would end the inning with a strikeout of Aparicio.

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Grayson Huffman (far left) and Orlando Pascual (#18) teamed up for four shutout innings of relief Wednesday.


Cole Wiper was the first reliever out of the pen for Spokane in the sixth and he limited the C’s to a Taylor base hit and faced the minium after Lizardo rapped into a double play. Grayson Huffman also faced three hitters in the home half of the sixth with a clean frame that ended on a Whatley strikeout.

Pruitt got aboard again with a one-out base hit to left to start the seventh and was successful on his second stolen base attempt to move into scoring position. He also stole third as part of a double steal with Norberto Obeso after he had walked. Warmoth brought home both runners with a base hit as Wiper could not come up with a ground ball up the middle.

Huffman rinsed, lathered and repeated in the seventh with another perfect frame that ended on a strikeout of O’Banion.

The C’s had base hits from Lundquist and Lizardo with one out in the eighth but Barreto grounded into a double play against Luis Lopez. Huffman kept rolling right along with another perfect frame with the only difference being the lack of a strikeout.

Pruitt got on base with an infield single to short in the ninth but he was the last baserunner of the evening for Vancouver.

Orlando Pascual gave up a hit to Seise to begin the ninth and threw a wild pitch but he also sat down the next three hitters, striking out Whatley and Middleton swinging.

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C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s collected 14 hits against Spokane with half of them coming from Pruitt (four) and Taylor (three). Warmoth and Lundquist were right behind them with two apiece. They had two hits in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position while stranding seven.

The four C’s pitchers limited Spokane to two runs on five hits. Logue scattered three hits and a walk, striking out one while recording all six of his outs in play on the ground. Dillon had two K’s and two GO’s in his two-inning stint. Huffman also kept the outfield bored with the infielders handling all five of his outs in play. Pascual gave up a hit but overcame that with two punchouts to give C’s hurlers a 7-1 strikeout/walk total.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadGame 2 of this four-game set is a 6:30 pm start at Avista Stadium. CanadiansBaseball.com will broadcast the game.

Vancouver has an overall record of 34-25, including a 13-8 mark in the second half. Tri-City has the next best mark at 32-27.with Eugene and Hillsboro both at 31-28.

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C’s Recap – There’s No Crying In Baseball But There Is O’Brien As C’s Thump Volcanoes

Vancouver Canadians Cameron O'Brien

Cameron O’Brien—with first base coach Jose Mayorga (#12)— had a lot to smile about as he had hits in his first four at-bats and scored the winning run Tuesday night.


C's RecapIt was another long night at Nat Bailey Stadium but it was also another good one for the Vancouver Canadians as they overcame a three-run deficit to hammer the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-5 at Nat Bailey Stadium Wednesday. Tuesday’s game lasted three hours and 39 minutes while Wednesday’s contest “breezed by” at 3:29. Wednesday’s victory was the fourth in a row for Vancouver—all against the Volcanoes—as they took the season series seven games to three.

Jose Espada was the first man on the hill for Vancouver and he got into a jam early when he hit Bryce Johnson with a pitch with one away before a two-out single by Ryan Kirby brought Johnson to third. Espada was one strike away from getting out of the first but Kirby took off for second to draw a throw from catcher Owen Spiwak. When Deiferson Barreto caught the throw from Spiwak, Johnson took off to score the game’s first run. Barreto then threw the ball to Kacy Clemens who applied the tag on Kirby to end the frame.

Vancouver Canadians Norberto Obeso

Norberto Obeso was on base four times with a double, two singles and a walk.


Norberto Obeso was the first Canadians player to reach base with a one-out walk against Peter Lannoo but that was all the home side could manage in their first at-bat.

Salem-Keizer would add another run in the second when Manuel Geraldo singled with one out, stole second and eventually scored on a Dylan Manwaring double off the wall in center.

The C’s first hit of the game went to newcomer Cameron O’Brien as the designated hitter pulled a single to right field on a 3-2 pitch in his first Northwest League at-bat. O’Brien would be forced out on the front end of an inning-ending double play ball by Bryan Lizardo.

The Volcanoes would tack on another run in the third inning when Johnson singled with one out and moved up another 90 feet on an Espada wild pitch. Espada then took a line drive off the leg from Logan Baldwin to put runners at the corners. Espada would shake off the injury but gave up a sacrifice fly to Kirby to make it 3-0 Salem-Keizer.

The Volcanoes began the bottom of the third by throwing some leather at the C’s bats. Spiwak was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Baldwin near the right field line. Barreto could have also filed a police report when his line drive was snared by a diving Junior Amion at second. Just when it appeared it was not going to be a good inning for the C’s, they would catch a break when Manwaring could not catch the ball from Lannoo after Reggie Pruitt struck out as Pruitt managed to get to first to keep the inning alive. Obeso would make S-K pay with a double to center to score Pruitt with Vancouver’s first run. Logan Warmoth stepped up and hit one up the middle to plate Obeso to plate the C’s second run.

Espada rewarded his offence with his first clean inning of the game, ringing up Manwaring looking to end the top of the fourth. Brock Lundquist opened the bottom of the frame by lining a base hit to left and moved to second on O’Brien second hit of the game. With two out, Barreto got a ball through on the left side of the infield for a base hit as Lundquist rounded third and headed for home but he was thrown out at the plate by Johnson in left field to preserve the Volcanoes’ 3-2 advantage.

Vancouver Canadians Miguel Burgos

Miguel Burgos supplied three shutout innings of relief to match his new uniform number.


The visitors would get their first three hitters on base to begin the fifth when Amion reached on an infield single to short that was deflected by Espada. Ziegler would follow with a walk before Johnson loaded the bases with a bunt single to third. That was the end of the line for Espada as lefty Miguel Burgos was summoned from the bullpen. Burgos got ahead of Baldwin with two strikes but wound up plunking him to bring in Amion with the fourth Volcanoes’ run. Kirby then added another run-scoring fly ball to score Ziegler to expand the Salem-Keizer lead to three. Burgos would get himself out of the inning with a pickoff of Johnson at second base before Spiwak threw out Baldwin trying to steal second for out number three.

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Brock Lundquist started the C’s comeback with a two-run single in the fifth as part of a three-hit performance.


Pruitt reached base on a throwing error by Garcia at short to begin the home half of the fifth and an Obeso single would result in a pitching change from Lannoo to Andy Rohloff and his funky leg-kick delivery. Warmoth grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced Obeso at second and Clemens popped up to short.  Warmoth would swipe second before he and Pruitt scored when Lundquist drilled a single to left to cut the Volcanoes’ lead to 5-4. O’Brien doubled to right to send Lundquist over to third. Rohloff induced a ground ball to first from Lizardo that should have ended the inning but Kirby botched it to allow Lundquist to score the tying run. Things got worse for Rohloff when he uncorked a wild pitch to allow O’Brien to cross the pentagon with the go-ahead run to cap off a four-run frame.

Salem-Keizer tried to get that run back in the sixth when Garcia hit a double to right but Burgos struck out Geraldo on the way to retiring the next three hitters to keep the home side ahead.

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Logan Warmoth is greeted after scoring his second run of the game.


The C’s got something cooking again when Barreto singled and Pruitt walked to begin the sixth before Warmoth loaded the bases with one out on a base rap to left. Clemens picked up his first hit of the night by pulling a single to right to bring home Barreto and Pruitt. Alex Bostic took over on the mound but he could not stop the C’s momentum as Lundquist doubled to right to cash in Warmoth and Clemens. Lundquist was caught stealing at third before O’Brien collected his fourth hit in as many at-bats with a single to left.

Burgos gave up a single to Amion and issued a walk to Ziegler but induced a 6-3 double play turned by Warmoth to help send away the Volcanoes in the seventh. Tyler Schimpf entered the game on the hill for Salem-Keizer in the second half of the seventh and overcame a pair of two-out singles by Obeso and Warmoth to keep Vancouver from adding to their double-digit run total.

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Brayden Bouchey dominated with two clean innings for the C’s.


Just when it appeared the game was going to easily surpass the four-hour mark at one point, Brayden Bouchey restored my faith in humanity by throwing strikes and plenty of them. He wound up striking out the side by getting Garcia, Geraldo and Michael Sexton all swinging.  The C’s went down quietly in the eighth as O’Brien lined out to center as his bid for a 5-for-5 night was denied. The top of the ninth saw Bouchey fall behind in the count 3-0 to Manwaring but he got the Volcanoes catcher looking for his fourth strikeout. Amion made contact with a fly out to left but Bouchey got Ziegler swinging to send everyone home “early” and happy.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconEspada threw from 80-84 to 90-93 miles per hour, touching 95. He had a strikeout at 86.

Burgos was around 77-86.

Bouchey was clocked at 76-91 with strikeouts at 91, 79, 90 and 77.

C-Notes

C's NotesO’Brien had four hits while the trio of Obeso, Warmoth and Lundquist had three apiece. Barreto also contributed two of the 17 hits on the night for Vancouver. The C’s also added a pair of walks on the evening. They were 6-for-15 with runners at second and third  and left nine men on base.

Espada gave up five runs over seven hits with one walk and one strikeout over four frames. Miguel Burgos stranded one of three runners but scattered two hits and a free pass with one strikeout to improve to 2-0. Bouchey struck out five in two perfect innings as the C’s hurlers compiled a 7-2 K/BB total on the night.

2014 C’s lefty Tim Mayza made his major league debut with a scoreless ninth inning in the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday. Wearing #58, Mayza survived a pair of hits with a strikeout of Peter Bourjos.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/rays-vs-blue-jays/2017/08/15/491887#game_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=491887

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s are in Spokane for a four-game series beginning Wednesday night at Avista Stadium. Game times are 6:30 pm and can be heard at CanadiansBaseball.com. Vancouver remains tied with the Tri-City Dust Devils for first place in the North Division as both teams share identical second-half records of 12-8. Spokane is one game back and Everett is two off the pace.

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C’s Recap – C’s Win 3rd In A Row Against Volcanoes

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Logan Warmoth crosses the plate with the first of two runs scored Tuesday night.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians have another series win in the books thanks to a 7-4 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday night. The C’s have won their last four series and have clinched the season set against the Volcanoes by winning six of the nine games played so far.

Vancouver went with Donnie Sellers to begin this one and he set the tone early with game opening strikeouts of Malique Ziegler and Bryce Johnson. He walked Orlando Garcia on four straight pitches and fell behind against Ryan Kirby on a 3-1 count before getting him to pop up to short. Julio Benitez countered with a perfect bottom of the first for Salem-Keizier.

The Volcanoes would get the first run of the game when Robinson Medrano led off the top of the second with a single and after a Shane Matheny groundout to second, Medrano would rumble home on a Manuel Geraldo double to left. Sellers would limit the damage by ending the frame with a strikeout of Juan Rodriguez.

Kacy Clemens got the C’s first hit by opening the bottom of the second with a base hit to right and he moved up to 90 feet when Brock Lundquist reached on a throwing error by Garcia at second. Bryan Lizardo then lined a single to right to bring in Clemens with the tying run. Matt Morgan got Lundquist over to third with a base hit to right and Brandon Polizzi brought in Lundquist by rolling the ball up the first base line. Benitez was just able to get the tag on Polizzi for the second out. Reggie Pruitt flied out to center to end the frame.

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Donnie Sellers pitched 2-2/3 innings of one-run ball against Salem-Keizer Tuesday evening.


Sellers retired the first two hitters in a row in the third but walked Garcia and Kirby and that led to his exit from the game. Grayson Huffman came in and walked Medrano to load the bases before getting Matheny to go down swinging.

Samad Taylor struck out to begin the third but a wild pitch by Benitez allowed him to reach first. Logan Warmoth then caught the Volcanoes by surprise with a nicely placed bunt down the third base to put runners at first and second. Clemens then lined to first and Kirby tried to double up Warmoth who was able to get back to the bag just in time. Riley Adams would load the bases by dropping a single into right field before Lundquist singled up the gut to bring in Taylor and Warmoth. Adams was tagged out as he was caught between second and third. Alejandro De La Rosa relieved Benitez and ended the inning by getting Lizardo to ground out to third.

Wilfri Aleton took to the mound for the C’s in the fourth and preserved the 4-1 lead with three groundball outs to offset a walk to Rodriguez. Pruitt singled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth before swiping a base and getting to third on a wild pitch but he was left there when Taylor struck out.

A slow roller up the middle from Johnson in the top of the fifth that Warmoth and Taylor had trouble deciding who would take the ball was the start of a tough inning for Aleton. A Garcia single and a wild pitch pushed the runners up a base before Kirby hit a tapper back to the mound. Aleton tried to throw out Johnson at the plate but it wasn’t in time as the throw was to Morgan’s right, allowing Johnson to make it home safely for the Volcanoes’ second run. Medrano grounded out to short but that allowed Garcia to score to bring Salem-Keizer to within one. Matheny walked to bring Kirby to second but was forced out at second when Geraldo reached on a fielder’s choice at short. With runners now at the corners, Aleton got Calabrese looking at strike three.

Vancouver would open up a little more breathing room with a run in their half of the fifth. Warmoth started things off with a double to center and got to third on a passed ball. He would come in to score on a Clemens ground ball to first to make it 5-3 C’s.

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Only one of six Volcanoes batters put the ball in play against Jake Fishman Tuesday.


Jake Fishman provided a shutdown inning out of the C’s pen by striking out the side in order, getting Rodriguez and Johnson swinging to open and close the sixth and ringing up Ziegler in between.

The bottom of the sixth also saw a new pitcher as the Volcanoes brought in Aaron Phillips but he could not match Fishman’s effort as he walked Lizardo before Brandon Polizzi chopped a one-out double over the head of Matheny at third to bring Lizardo to third. Taylor kept the inning going with a two-out walk to load the bases before Warmoth took one for the team to score Lizardo with Vancouver’s sixth run. Clemens fell behind in the count at 1-2 but took three pitches outside the strike zone to allow Polizzi to stroll home to make it 7-3 C’s. Luis Pino was brought into the game and ended the inning by striking out Adams.

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Logan Warmoth and Kacy Clemens have a chat with first base coach Jose Mayorga during a pitching change in the sixth inning.


Fishman continued to dominate out of the C’s pen as he struck out two more batters in a perfect seventh, getting Garcia looking and Medrano swinging. Alex Bostic also put together a clean inning for the Volcanoes to wrap up the seventh.

Chris Hall took over in the top of the eighth and got the first two outs when he whiffed Geraldo but issued walks to Calabrese and Rodriguez. Hall was able to escape that jam by getting Ziegler to fly out to center. John Timmins was the newest pitcher for the Volcanoes and he put up a zero despite a Pruitt infield single to short.

Hall was greeted by a line-drive single up the middle by Johnson to start the ninth but struck out Garcia and Kirby to leave him an out away from finishing the game. Johnson made it to second on defensive indifference and would score on an error by Taylor on a groundball from Medrano. C’s manager Rich Miller decided not to take any chances as he summoned closer William Ouellette from the bullpen and Ouellette got the final out by retiring Matheny on a fly ball to left.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconSellers had pitches that came in from 76-95 miles per hour. His fastball was around 90-92 with offspeed offerings in the mid-80’s.

Huffman was at 82 on the low end and 95 on the high end. He had a strikeout at 94. Aleton dropped in curveballs at 66 and 71 and was at 90-92 with his heater and had a strikeout at 91.

C’s Notes

C's NotesPruitt and Warmoth had two hits apiece with Pruitt stealing his 23rd base of the year. Warmoth was on base three times to lead the C’s after getting hit by a pitch and scored twice. Clemens added a hit, a walk and two runs batted in while Lizardo also had a knock and a walk. Though Taylor was the only Canadian not to get a hit, he did draw a walk so every batter in a Vancouver uniform got on base at least once. The C’s had 14 baserunners on 10 hits, three walks and a plunk. They were 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position while stranding eight.

Sellers had a 3-3 K/BB total over 2-2/3 innings in which he allowed a run on two hits. Huffman walked one and struck out one to conclude the third. Aleton allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout over two frames. Fishman earned the win with two perfect frames with five K’s. Hall struck out three but was nicked for an uneared run on a hit and two walks over 1-2/3 innings. Ouellette picked up his ninth save of the year in a game that took three hours and 39 minutes to play.

The C’s managed to carry one and win this one despite a number of roster moves made before the game. Shortstop Kevin Vicuna, first baseman David Jacob and righthander Yonardo Herdenez were promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts. Lefty Miguel Burgos is back with the C’s after being summoned from Bluefield while fellow southpaw Travis Bergen is back for a third tour of duty in YVR after being promoted from the Gulf Coast League. Catcher Cam O’Brien—son of former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Charlie O’Brien—was also added to Vancouver’s roster. O’Brien had to sit out 50 games after testing positive for amphetamine.

Burgos—who wore #20 to begin the year in Vancouver—is now wearing Vicuna’s #3, Bergen now has Jacob’s #23 and O’Brien takes over #27 that was worn by Bobby Eveld before he was sent down to the GCL.

Congratulations to 2014 C’s lefty Tim Mayza for his promotion to the Toronto Blue Jays. Mayza.

A good day for Mayza but a bad day for 2012 C’s hurler Taylor Cole who was released by the Blue Jays after breaking his toe in his MLB debut.

2016 C’s Josh Palacios and Nash Knight had three hits apiece in Lansing’s win over Great Lakes. Rodrigo Orozco (2015) and Nick Sinay (2016) also reached base three times with two hits apiece with Orozco walking and Sinay taking one for the team.

The 2015 C’s trio of Connor Panas, Juan Kelly and J.C. Cardenas had two hits apiece as Dunedin doubled up Palm Beach. Panas had a three-run homer and drove in four while Kelly doubled and knocked home two. Zach Jackson (2016) got the final four outs, two by strikeout, to collect the save.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s conclude this five-game series against Salem-Keizer Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. Jose Espada is expected to get the ball for Vancouver. The game will be on TSN Radio and CanadiansBaseball.com.

The C’s are 11-8 in the second half, which leaves them tied for first with Tri-City for first place in the North Division. Everett and Spokane are one game back at 10-9.

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C’s Recap – Nate Dominates At The Nat As C’s Down Volcanoes

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Nate Pearson kept his Northwest League ERA at 0.00 with three shutout innings Sunday.


C's RecapNate Pearson is going to make Toronto Blue Jays fans get over the loss of slugger Edwin Encarnacion if he continues to pitch the way he did Sunday afternoon. Pearson was the compensation draft pick the Jays received when Encarnacion signed with Cleveland and the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft may have turned in the most dominant first inning ever seen at Nat Bailey Stadium in the Vancouver Canadians‘ 5-4 victory Sunday afternoon.

The College of Central Florida product meant business as he bid good morning, good afternoon and good night to Malique Ziegler as he struck him out looking on three pitches to begin the game. Bryce Johnson was also gone on three pitches as he went down swinging. Pearson threw seven consecutive strikes and needed just 11 pitches in total as he whiffed Logan Baldwin to strike out the side.

Salem-Keizer starter Stetson Woods hit Reggie Pruitt with a pitch after an eight-pitch battle but Norberto Obeso hit into a double play to pull the plug on that rally.

Ryan Kirby was the first Volcanoes player to put the ball in play against Pearson to start the second but he lined out to Brandon Polizzi in right field. Kirby’s teammates Orlando Garcia and Shane Matheny would not fare as well as they both struck out to give Pearson five K’s out of the first six batters of the game.

Samad Taylor tried to make something happen for the C’s as he took one for the team wtih two outs in the home half of the second and managed to steal second base. He pushed his luck by trying to steal third as he was pegged by Dylan Manwaring to take the bat out of the hands of Owen Spiwak.

Pearson went into uncharted territory by coming back out for the third inning after his first three starts lasted two innings apiece. Junior Amion lined out to right but Manwaring became the first Salem-Keizer baserunner by running the count to ball four. Pearson answered that with a strikeout of Tyler Brown before his batterymate Riley Adams picked off Manwaring at first from behind the dish on a 1-3-4 play. The bottom of the third saw just one baserunner in the form of a Bryan Lizardo walk as both teams remained hitless after three.

The Volcanoes were glad to see the man wearing #32 on the Vancouver mound leave the game for #33, righthander Brayden Bouchey. Ziegler was especially glad as he jumped on a full-count offering by sending the ball over the wall in left-center field to give Salem-Keizer a 1-0 lead. Johnson then bunted his way aboard as Bouchey could not get to the ball in time down the first base line. The Volcanoes tried the short game again but Baldwin’s bunt wound up in the glove of Kacy Clemens in foul territory on the first base side. Bouchey would get the next two hitters, including an inning-ending strikeout of Garcia. Before that, Warmoth went over to cover second as the hit-and-run was on but Warmoth was able to scramble back to his right and made a throw that just got Kirby. Volcanoes skipper Jolbert Cabrera argued the call

The C’s finally got to Woods with two outs in the Vancouver third. Clemens received a free pass before Adams got one through on the right side for the C’s first hit. Samad Taylor would pull one down the line in left to score Clemens with the tying run. Spiwak had a chance to extend the inning with runners on second and third but he struck out looking.

Lefthander Brody Rodning was brought on for Bouchey in the fifth inning and he had a 1-2-3 frame that featured a punchout of Amion and a nice diving catch by Obeso in left. Lizardo would double to begin the home half of the fifth and he would get to third on a wild pitch but Woods kept him there as he struck out the side in order.

The Volcanoes began the sixth with a triple by Tyler Brown as his fly ball off Rodning sailed over the head over Polizzi in right field. Ziegler then walked to put runners on the corners with nobody out. What happened next turned out to be the turning point of the game. Johnson hit a ground ball to Lizardo and the Dominican third baseman looked Brown back to third but as soon as Lizardo threw to second, Brown broke for home. Taylor stepped on second to force out Ziegler before throwing the ball home where Adams tagged out Brown for a 5-4-2 double play. Though Rodning plunked Baldwin, he would get out of the inning by getting Kirby on a fly ball to center.

Vancouver Canadians Owen Spiwak

Owen Spiwak snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the sixth Sunday afternoon.


After being lost against Woods, the C’s were glad to see a new pitcher in Garrett Cave when they went to bat in the sixth. Clemens started the one-out rally with a base hit before Adams and Taylor walked to load the bases. Spiwak redeemed himself by grounding one up the middle on a 3-2 pitch after being down 0-2 to score Clemens and Adams. A wild pitch scored Taylor from third to increase Vancouver’s lead to three. Lizardo would push the lead to four by knocking one up the middle to score Spiwak, who awkwardly stopped between third and home before righting himself to touch the pentagon. That got a good laugh from his teammates when Spiwak returned to the dugout.

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Bryan Lizardo had a perfect day at the plate against Salem-Keizer.


The Volcanoes would not go away in the seventh when Rodning walked Garcia and Matheny before Amion doubled to right to plate Garcia. RBI groundouts by Manwaring and Brown scored Matheny and Amion to chop the C’s lead to one run. Rodning’s issues with the strike zone continues when he walked Garcia and Johnson. Rodning was pulled from the game for Yonardo Herdenez and he struck out Baldwin swinging to preserve Vancouver’s slim lead.

The C’s got a double from Pruitt when he lined one to left to open up the their portion of the seventh. Obeso dropped down a perfect bunt down the first base side to get Pruitt over to third. Pruitt tried to score on a Logan Warmoth grounder to third but he was thrown out by Matheny. Pruitt felt he beat the tag of Manwaring at the plate but the umpire disagreed. After reaching on the fielder’s choice, Warmoth stole second but he would not score.

Kirby had a base hit to start the eighth against Herdenez and he was bunted over by Garcia. Herdenez made sure pinch-runner Christopher Burks stayed put as he got Matheny to fly out to right before spearing a comebacker by Amion to end the threat.

John Russell took over for Cave and set down Vancouver in order to give the Volcanoes one last kick at the can. Orlando Pascual arrived out of the C’s bullpen to make sure no can would be kicked as he struck out pinch-hitters Kevin Rivera and Dalton Combs to open the ninth. Ziegler—who went yard once already—nearly did it again but his long drive to left field was just foul. Pascual would eventually put Ziegler away by striking out the side, all swinging, to clinch the win for the home side.

Radar Gun Rundown

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Nate Pearson lit up the radar gun with this offering at 100 MPH.


Pearson began the game with three straight pitches at 99 miles per hour. His first two strikeouts were 99s and he completed striking out the side with a heater at 98. He also reached 100 on three occasions, including one of his strikeout victims. His lowest offerings with his breaking-ball in the 80 and 84-85 range and a changeup at 92.

Bouchey had a strikeout at 92. He was around 79-80  and 90 MPH. Rodning was in the 76-94 category. His fastball was in the low 90’s. Herdenez had a strikeout at 80 and was around 74 to 84-85. Pascaul had strikeouts that measured in at 84 and 88.

C-Notes

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Brody Rodning earned his fourth victory of the season against Salem-Keizer.


C's NotesPearson struck out six and walked one over three innings, managing to face the minium. Bouchey gave up a homer and a bunt single but struck out. Rodning was credited with the victory but walked five and struck out one, giving up three runs on two hits over 2-2/3 innings. Herdenez stranded both runners he inherited and pitched 1-1/3 innings of one-hit ball. Pascual struck out the side in the ninth, just like William Ouellette did Saturday night. C’s pitchers struck out 12 and walked six.

Lizardo was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run batted in. Clemens, Adams and Taylor had a hit and a walk apiece with Clemens scoring twice and Taylor getting a double and stealing a base. The C’s were 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving five men on. They had 11 baserunners on seven hits and three walks.

In roster news, righthander Andrew Deramo is not going to join the C’s. He has been reassigned back to Lansing.

Continuing with Lansing, play-by-play man Jesse Goldberg-Strassler answered a question on Twitter about 2016 C’s outfielder J.B. Woodman.

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C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadDonnie Sellers is the next man up on the mound for the C’s as they carry on with this five-game set. Game time is 7:05 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium and can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040.

The C’s are tied with Tri-City for first place in the Northwest League North Division at 10-8. Everett and Spokane are one game back.

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